This blog is cross-posted at StewartAcuff.com
In less than five months, we will elect a new government in the United States - new President, new Senate, new House of Representatives.
The decision the American people make in November will certainly have dramatic short term consequences, and very probably long term ramifications.
The American people's decision will determine whether we focus economic policy on austerity, which would plunge our economy deeper into recession, or our decision could allow our government and nation to continue to focus on lifting our country out of our economic crisis.
Our decision will determine whether government policy will continue to shrink the middle class, or allow us to struggle to expand the middle class.
Our decision will determine whether our country becomes an oligarchy of the Financial Elite, or whether we are able to continue to struggle to form a more perfect union.
Whether our people make the correct political decisions tends in large part on how well our progressive community is organized. It is our progressive community's responsibility to organize as well as we can this summer into the fall to give our nation the best chance to thrive, rebuild our middle class, and focus the government's policy and goals on the needs of average people, rather than the greed of the Financial Elite.
Please order a copy of my new book, Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing to see how we can all organize better and bigger.
Stewart Acuff is America’s best-known and foremost labor organizer. He is the former organizing Director of the AFL-CIO. Acuff has also written two books: Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, and Getting America Back to Work, coauthored by Dr. Richard Levins.